As I’ve described in previous posts, I previously had issues with intermittent DSL at my mountain cabin. Furthermore, my internet connection there is PPPoE, so I would get a new IP address every time the internet dropped and reconnected. That made it hard to access my webcams and other devices remotely, since the Dynamic DNS couldn’t keep up with the frequent IP address changes.
So I picked up the D-Link DIR-605L “cloud” router pretty inexpensively for $25. My only interest in getting this router was for its “cloud” functionality. Continue reading →
The Netgear WGR614v10 was originally a “G” wireless router released in 2009, but a subsequent firmware upgrade has brought it up to “N” speeds. Although the router is a bit old, it is still useful for me, especially since Netgear has supported it with firmware updates as recent as December 2013. Continue reading →
My 2000 Toyota Sienna minivan has generally been very trustworthy. But with a vehicle that old, it’s inevitable that the plastic parts start wearing out. One day at around 140,000 miles, I went to open the rear hatch, and then I heard a SNAP. The plastic where the handle connects to the plastic “appendage” which pulls the cable to open the rear door broke. Continue reading →
What is a runstreak? It’s running at least a mile a day, until….?
Last year I had been running 3 days a week, going 2-3 miles at a time. My thought was to go for a runstreak, running the same weekly mileage but just spreading it out over the seven days, though keeping a couple of long days in there. So I would go 1-1-2-1-1-3-1 or something like that, with the one mile days generally being very easy runs.
I started the runstreak on 1/1/14 and have already thrown in the towel on 1/4/14. While I have mostly recovered from my metatarsalgia, enough to run every few days, I found out quickly that running every day is not giving the feet/toes enough rest.
Still, even though this runstreak is really short-lived, I have no regrets. Sometimes you have to push yourself to know your limits. And have the wisdom to pull the plug before things get worse.
I’m finally done with the video from this summer’s Oregon Coast Bicycle Tour! This summer’s journal entries are here.
Oregon Coast Bicycle Tour 2013 from Biking Brian on Vimeo.
I previously had an S&S coupled bike which I used for travel. Although the detachable frame couplers are a solid design, the downside is that the assembly/disassembly time for the bike was quite excessive for short trips. This post on the impracticality of S&S couplers for most people pretty much echoes my views.
Sometime around 2003 (?), I bought a used Bike Friday Pocket Rocket folding road bike as a replacement for the S&S coupled bike. There are a number of other bikes that fold smaller and/or quicker, but my goal was to have something that folded relatively quickly into a standard-sized airline luggage, yet with a ride quality as close as possible to that of my fast road bike.
I envisioned a couple of main uses for the bike: Continue reading →
My initial interest for mounting an antenna on the bike was to do on-bike radio support (I am a licensed ham radio operator) for charity bicycle rides.
First Generation Setup – October 2012
I started with a Comet SBB5 antenna. It does not require a ground plane, giving me more flexibility with mounting options. I used a Minoura saddle mount bottle cage holder, but flipped it upside down. That gave a flat surface for mounted an aluminum plate. Then I drilled a 5/8″ hole and mounted a Diamond C101 cable assembly. Continue reading →
Picking up the story where we last left off (again), I leased a new modem from my DSL provider, and after installation my service immediately returned to full speed. Problem solved! Until a snowstorm came to town, then my connection dropped to dial up speeds. The speeds never returned to normal even after we dried out from the storm.
So on a Sunday night, I packed my bags, and headed up to the cabin. I would stay up there until the problem was fixed. Good thing I work from home and have a Verizon Jetpack Mifi to connect to the Internet (for short term use, not a viable long term solution due to data caps!). Continue reading →
Yeah, I know 2013 isn’t over yet. But I feel inspired to update my blog, so better early than never on the 2013 update.
By the numbers, 2013 was a lousy year. About
1500 1800 miles on the bike and 180 270 on the run. And 500 of those 1500 1800 miles were part of my bicycle trip down the Oregon coast. But the year was better than what the numbers by themselves would say. Continue reading →
So our story picks up after where we last left off in the DSL saga at the cabin. Residents in town were waiting for many months (a couple of years actually) for additional DSL capacity, since there are no other viable internet alternatives. Then last September, I was finally able to upgrade from 1.0 Mbps to 3.0 Mbps!
But when I last posted, I didn’t have any long term experience as to how the speed upgrade worked out. Since then, I noticed that my Speedstream 4100 modem would lose sync frequently. I thought that might have been due to EMF interference from the UPS being too close. Continue reading →